"We're not criminals. We no longer want to live in the shadows of society."
Many people are under the impression that possessing a small amount of marijuana is no longer a crime in Wisconsin. But in reality, it's easy to run afoul of Wisconsin's marijuana laws, and what you don't know can hurt you.
Cities across Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee, have adopted municipal ordinances that decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Those cities still impose fines for simple possession, however, with the amount of the fine varying from city to city.
Each year in Wisconsin and throughout the country, people find themselves facing drug charges after being searched by police during traffic stops. In fact, a survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 3.5 percent of drivers who were pulled over said they or their vehicles were searched by police.